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New: I recorded ABCD Method foundational practice video. I also created a new section below “Movement practice: Focused Connected Tango Movement” with articles in preparation for the movement practice video. Read those first, then the video will make more sense.


Recent articles


Current projects

  • Culture War: Consumerism and cancel culture on AT forums
  • Music: Room acoustics and the AT experience
  • Culture War: Are the roots of tango African or European?
  • Culture War: Culture and aesthetics: affirmation vs liberation

Contents


PART I: Politics and Criticism

Introduction to politics and criticism

Styles

  1. One dance or many: the styles of tango
  2. Tradition and evolution: the influence of Street Latin
  3. Conservatism and progressivism in tango: real and faux
  4. Proposal for an alternative tango nomenclature: Tango Dramático, Tango Romántico and Tango Expresivo

Criticism and postmodernism

  1. Postmodernism and consumerism
  2. Tango as culture: anthropology vs criticism
  3. Beauty or kitsch: making aesthetic judgements about tango dancing
  4. Sacred and profane values in the postmodern world
  5. Postmodernism: the hollowing out effect of ironic word salad in tango discourse

Tango in the crosshairs of the Culture War

  1. Sex roles: is tango compatible with women’s empowerment
  2. The dystopian future: hipster tango
  3. Female hypergamy and its effect on the milonga scene
  4. The pandemic: left totalitarianism and acceleration
  5. Why leftism is an illiberal winner takes all system

PART II: Music and Musicality

  1. Tango music in historical context
  2. Musicality: tracing the origins of tango to contradanza and habaneira
  3. Authenticity: why dance only to Golden Era music
  4. Beauty and interpretation: canonical tango recordings
  5. Feeling: understanding music as movement and expression

PART III: Technique

Introduction to technique

Movement technique: culture, aesthetics and efficiency

  1. Technique and culture
  2. What is essential in tango: connection
  3. Improvisation: freedom or constraint
  4. Choreography vs emergent movement
  5. Aesthetics and efficiency of movement
  6. Naturalness in dancing
  7. Visualisation and partnering technique: push-pull vs long spine
  8. Adornments and women’s technique: why they are a really bad idea

Basic position: posture, alignment & embrace

  1. Posture and the head-neck relation
  2. Alignment: The Bow practice
  3. Alignment: Floating Elbows practice
  4. Embrace: the essence of tango

Basic movement: walking and turning

  1. Walking: the basic movement
  2. Feet: economy, function and aesthetics
  3. Walking and the principle of reversibility
  4. Turning without swiveling

Foundational practice: Focused Connected Tango Movement

  1. The importance of slow focused practice
  2. Focused Connected Tango Movement
  3. The ABCD Method
  4. Video: ABCD Method foundational practice

PART IV: Teaching Method

Teaching system

  1. Rationale
  2. Needs analysis
  3. Error analysis
  4. Training vs demonstration of skill

Teaching strategies

  1. Systems vs goals
  2. Teaching skills
  3. Culture and learning: acculturation vs enculturation
  4. Mental imagery in movement learning
  5. Tango as a conversation
  6. Motivation
  7. Microskill stack
  8. Base: true and false beginners
  9. Videos: how to use them

Milonga

  1. The BIG small: courtesy
  2. Minding the red flags: the setup for milonga success
  3. A fundamental problem of global tango: too much floor space

Resources

  1. Reading recommendations